Weekly Reader - December 26, 2022

Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

Weekly Reader - December 26, 2022
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Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

  • How Banks and Private Equity Cash In When Patients Can’t Pay Their Medical Bills. (Kaiser Health News) "As Americans are overwhelmed with medical bills, patient financing is now a multibillion-dollar business, with private equity and big banks lined up to cash in when patients and their families can’t pay for care."
  • U.S. Health Officials Seek New Curbs on Private Medicare Advantage Plans. (New York Times) “Proposed regulations would crack down on misleading ads for the private plans and would enhance scrutiny of denials for coverage of medical care.”
  • As STDs Proliferate, Companies Rush to Market At-Home Test Kits. But Are They Reliable? (Kaiser Health News) "But, except for HIV tests, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved STD test kits for use outside a medical setting. That leaves consumers unsure about their reliability even as at-home use grows dramatically."
  • How a viral siege is making some people sick for weeks, even months. (The Washington Post) “It’s like ‘a big bomb of viruses went off,’ says a pediatrician treating kids with flu, RSV, strep and covid.”
  • Audits — Hidden Until Now — Reveal Millions in Medicare Advantage Overcharges. (Kaiser Health News) "Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000 per patient a year on average."
  • Opinion: I almost died last year from a medical problem that was entirely preventable. (CNN) “I still can't believe this happened to me — and I don't want it to happen to anyone else.”